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Published Book and Exhibition Reviews

A distinguished group of scholars discuss select objects from the collection within the context of aesthetics as well as social issues. There are also explorations of craft methods and artistic strategies practiced by the artists and artisans represented in the collection. Separate essays on the Shaker and the Pennsylvania-German communities concentrate on the unique features of their material cultures and their religious and social orientations. With more than two hundred previously unpublished works, this generously illustrated book is esential for anyone interested in American folk art or decorative arts.


Edited by Jane Katcher, David A. Schorsch, and Ruth Wolfe

Photography by
Gavin Ashworth

Contributing authors: Jean M. Burks, Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Erin E. Eisenbarth, Robin Jaffee Frank, Robert Hunter, Patricia E. Kane, Jane Katcher, Richard Miller, Charles Santore, Robert Shaw, Scott T. Swank, Philip Zea


Catalog of the collection by David A. Schorsch
and Eileen M. Smiles

Exhibition Information

Published Articles

Volume II presents more than one hundred recent acquisitions that are presented through exceptional photography and insightful and scholarly essays.  Familiar categories of portraits, quilts, weathervanes, boxes, trade signs, miniature portraits, schoolgirl art, furniture, and Shaker objects are examined from new and innovative perspectives. Discussions include the craft methods and artistic strategies practiced by some of the makers. A number of essays explore aspects of family ownership, new discoveries about specific artists and original interpretative analysis.


Edited by Jane Katcher, David A. Schorsch, and Ruth Wolfe

Photography by
Gavin Ashworth

Contributing authors: Alan Andersen, Deborah M. Child, Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Erin E. Eisenbarth, Robin Jaffee Frank, Jane Katcher, Richard Miller, David A. Schorsch, Robert Shaw, Peter Swift Seibert, Eileen M. Smiles, Richard W. Stevenson, and Robert W. Wilkins

Catalog of the collection by David A. Schorsch
and Eileen M. Smiles